Senate GOP prepares to use the nuclear option

by Noah Mcgee April 5, 2019, 0:31
Senate GOP prepares to use the nuclear option

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told President Trump that the Senate will not be moving comprehensive health care legislation before the 2020 election despite the US President's request for the Republicans to do so.

"Republicans failed to pass any of their health care plans in Congress, so they're trying to repeal health care in court".

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

That's why, he continued, Trump has decided the only way to get healthcare reform accomplished would be to "win the election, take the House back, and then we'll go to work on lowering costs for the American people and give them more access".

Last week, Trump stunned and puzzled Republican lawmakers by putting the spotlight on repealing and replacing the current healthcare plan known as Obamacare.

President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks.

On Wednesday morning, Trump seemed to change his mind yet again and said that a Republican health care package would be "on full display during the Election".

Bottom line: Trump doesn't know the first thing about health care, the courts, the law, how the government works, or the Constitution.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R, whose panel would be central to any such debate, also said last week that there was no plan to move forward. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "This is all about avoiding close scrutiny for extreme ideological nominees that Republicans want to pack onto the federal courts for lifetime appointments".

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Republicans said at the time that Reid and Democrats would come to regret the change, which has given Trump largely free rein to fill numerous judicial vacancies that have piled up over the years.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to use the nuclear option to bypass democrat obstruction of the president's nominees.

"I was disappointed when we were talking about repeal only without a credible plan to replace", Indiana Sen.

"I think all Hoosiers, Americans are frustrated with health care as it's being delivered by a so-called free market industry".

"The Justice Department has not only refused to defend hundreds of thousands of West Virginians with pre-existing conditions but gone even further to argue against the constitutionality of the entire Affordable Care Act". They want to take away the ability of young people to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26.

Those conventions have been whittled away by both Democrats and Republicans in recent years as the mood in Washington has become more and more polarized, however, with each party accusing the other of misusing the rules.

Trump accuses Democrats of seeking "a socialist takeover of American healthcare", and is certain to take that argument onto the 2020 campaign trail.

Preserving health care protections, and especially for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters.

"We have the border, we have, if you look at it, immigration, we have a lot", he said.

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